How to handle unplanned work in Scrum

It’s a myth that Scrum Teams don’t plan. Scrum Teams plan at the Sprint Planning event and when refining work items. They also create a forecast or a roadmap that shows their plans across multiple Sprints. .


Value Creation in Scrum: Shift Left

TL; DR: Value Creation in Scrum. As a tactical framework, Scrum is good at delivering Increments into customers’ hands. As we work in iterations, we probably do that several times per month, mitigating risk by closing feedback loops.


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7 facilitation tips to get your Scrum Team started

Properly setting up your new Scrum Team is an absolute necessity if you want them to be successful. 97% of employees, executives , and educators believe that a lack of alignment within a team directly impacts the outcome of a project or a task, Salesforce found a while ago.


5 reasons why refining your Product Backlog is worth the time

I gotta say, refining work items is usually, by far, the Scrum Team’s least popular activity. No one gets up in the morning saying, “I can’t wait to refine the Product Backlog!” . Investing the time to refine work items can seem unnecessary.


Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualization Will Never Be Enough

Five years ago, data visualizations were a powerful way to differentiate a software application. Today, free visualizations seem to be everywhere. Two trends are forcing application providers to rethink how they offer analytics in their products.

What are the focus areas of an Agile Coach?

Who is an Agile Coach? Though, there is no universal definition of what is an Agile Coach. I want to define, Someone who developed deep expertise to help people, teams, and organisations enable better customer outcomes by focusing on an organisation’s internal and external orientation.

Back to the Foundations of the Scrum Framework - Wrapping it all up 🚀 (78)

77 posts ago. we took a start with introducing the underlying - core - concepts of the Scrum framework. Jep, that is 77 weeks, or 20 months, over one and a half year ago already!


Introducing Personal Scrum

Scrum is a framework for developing and sustaining complex products. But could it be used by individuals to help them in their personal and professional lives? The answer is yes, in a modified form.


[VLOG] 8 Hats The Scrum Master Wears As A True Leader Who Serves

Hey what's good this week awesome people? I hope your team are creating something amazing for your customers. The Scrum Master as many of us already know is described as a true leader who serves.

How To Get Your First Scrum Master Job Without Prior Experience


The Changing World of HR: Prepare Your HCM for the Future

Speaker: Mark Stelzner - Founder & Managing Principal at IA

Join Mark Stelzner of IA as he discusses how to optimize your current HCM system and the opportunities for new tech.

Commitments to the Scrum Artifacts

With the 2020 revision to scrum guide, the 3 commitments were added to the scrum artifacts. Why was the change made, what it means now and if you need to adapt your implementation to follow professional scrum. Lets talk about that.


[VLOG] Improve Your Scrum Team's Sprint Goal With This Simple Guideline.

Hello everyone. I hope you are starting your week well. Scrum as many of us already know is a goal-driven framework. The Scrum team is driven by the Product goal and the Sprint goal.

How to facilitate a self-organization session for your Scrum team

According to the 2020 Scrum Guide, Scrum teams are “self-managing, meaning they internally decide who does what, when, and how.”

The importance of Done for your Scrum Master ?? (77)

We started this Scrum foundation series explaining we see four underlying concepts of the Scrum framework. In the past series of mails we covered the three pillars of Empiricism, the Scrum Values, and a Self-Managing and Cross-Functional Team. The concept Done is the fourth of these concepts.


6 Steps to More Streamlined Data Modeling

Are you a developer, database architect, or database administrator that's new to Cassandra, but been tasked with developing a plan for implementing the technology anyway? Worry no more. Discover a streamlined methodical approach to Apache Cassandra® data modeling.

Nine things to do in your Sprint Planning

Join the Mastering Agility Discord community ! During the courses I teach as a Professional Scrum Trainer, as well as the reactions that I get to my articles, there’s one thing that always stands out to me: practice is vastly different than theory.


How to Start With Self-management in a Great Way

Join the Mastering Agility community! Photo by Icons8 Team on Unsplash. From the first Sprint on, this Scrum Team is self-managing! You’ll be deciding why, what, and how to work. There won’t be anybody telling you what to do exactly any, no more micro-management!”


How are Done and your Increment related? ?? (74)

We started this Scrum foundation series explaining we see four underlying concepts of the Scrum framework. In the past series of mails we covered the three pillars of Empiricism, the Scrum Values, and a Self-Managing and Cross-Functional Team. The concept Done is the fourth of these concepts.


Employee Engagement and Professional Scrum - Part 1 of 5

Between Agility and Better Business Outcomes is Employee Engagement. Somewhere in between all the hard work that goes into becoming a more “agile” organization, and the real tangible business outcomes you are aiming for, there is the squishy topic of Employee Engagement.


Modern Data Architecture for Embedded Analytics

Data has gone from a mere result of applications & processes to being crowned king. Picking the right avenue to data architecture depends on your organization’s needs. Development teams should build in stages, starting with a task that can be solved.

PSM I Post-mortem : Scrum Values

One of the parameters you are measured against in the Professional Scrum Master assessment or the PSM I assessment are the Scrum Values. So what are these scrum values and why is it important?


When Is It Time to Stop Using Scrum?

TL; DR: When Should a Team Stop Using Scrum? When is the time to look beyond Scrum? After all, many things—ideas, practices, mantras, etc.—outlive outlive their utility sooner or later; why would Scrum be an exception?


How Scrum event timeboxes make your team more effective

Every Scrum event has a maximum allowable time period to carry it out, called a timebox. When I tell someone that the Sprint Planning event is timeboxed at eight hours, I usually receive shocked looks. Eight hours!” they say, “That’s horrible!” .


The Agile Fluency Model with Diana Larsen

TL; DR: Diana Larsen on the Agile Fluency Model. On October 12, 2022, agile innovator Diana Larsen delved into the Agile Fluency® Model. After a short introduction to the model, we shifted to an ask-me-anything-style discussion of the groundbreaking view of agile and teams. ??

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10 Rules to More Streamlined Data Modeling

Apache Kafka is a powerful piece of software that can solve a lot of problems. Like most libraries and frameworks, you get out of it what you put into it. Learn 10 rules that will help you perfect your Kafka system to get ahead.

Agile Principles – Motivated People

?????? This post continues my ongoing series revisiting the principles behind the Agile Manifesto. This time we are focussing on the following Agile principle – “Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done.”.

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What happens if a Scrum team becomes too large?

According to the Scrum guide, Scrum teams typically have 10 or fewer people, including Developers, Scrum Master and Product Owner. But what happens with a Scrum team that includes more than 10 people? What if the Scrum team has 10, 15 even more people? First, the events become too long.


Backlog refinement in single-team Scrum

Join the Mastering Agility Discord community. Many teams that I've worked with struggled to make backlog refinement an ongoing activity.


The importance of Done for your Product Owner ?? (75)

We started this Scrum foundation series explaining we see four underlying concepts of the Scrum framework. In the past series of mails we covered the three pillars of Empiricism, the Scrum Values, and a Self-Managing and Cross-Functional Team. The concept Done is the fourth of these concepts.


Blueprint to Modernize Analytics

The longer you wait to modernize your application’s analytics, the longer it will take for you to realize this value. A blueprint helps you define your new solution, plot out how to get there, and determine what you’ll need in terms of time and resources.

Tips & Tricks to facilitate Sprint Planning

In this blog post, I share some tips and tricks that may help you facilitate strong Sprint Planning outcomes, so that your Scrum Team will have a great start into their Sprint. Spoiler alert: Facilitating strong Sprint Planning outcomes starts before the Sprint Planning event!


In-Depth: The Evidence-Based Business Case For Agile

What is the business case for Agile teams? Is it really that important that they are autonomous, able to release frequently, interact closely with stakeholders and spend all that time on continuous improvement? Or is all that just hype? Or maybe even counterproductive?

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Scrum Tools and Practices to Enhance an Incomplete Framework, Part 1

TL; DR: Scrum Tools, Part 1. The Scrum framework is purposefully incomplete, […].” ( Source.) This half-sentence is probably one of the more often misinterpreted statements of the Scrum Guide. On the one side, it defines the necessity to enhance Scrum with other practices and tools.

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[VLOG] Scrum 2020 Explained under 7 minutes BUT without cutting down its core principles

What is happening awesome people? I hope you had a great weekend and ready for the week. There are quite many short explainer Scrum videos out there on Youtube but unfortunately, many of the core principles of Scrum is neglected.

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Best Practices for Deploying & Scaling Embedded Analytics

Today, sophisticated capabilities such as adaptive security, predictive analytics, workflow, and writeback are taking analytics far beyond basic dashboards and reports. With cutting-edge capabilities like these, application teams are able to differentiate their products from the competition.

[VLOG] What Does The Scrum Master Do All Day

What is up Scrum Masters? Hopefully you are having a great week so far. For those of you who have attended the PSM course have learned through case studies about how the Scrum Master uses eight different hats that guides their behaviour.

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If Scrum Teams Become Too Large, They Should.

. Team effectiveness suffers when teams are too large. We explain how to make adjustments to fix this problem. In a hurry? Read the video transcript.

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Usable, Useful and Valuable

In the 2020 version of the Scrum Guide , the Developers as one of the accountabilities in Scrum is defined as set of people that are committed to creating any aspect of a usable increment each Sprint.


Superhero Scrum Masters; helpful or bottleneck?

Image source: Clark Kent is the legendary Superman. There. I’ve said it. The glasses didn’t stop me from finding out. Superman has unearthly powers, which makes sense as he’s not from Earth but planet Krypton.


Drive Better Decision-Making with Data Storytelling

Embedded Analytics can be the foundation of successful applications, and data storytelling is now critical for business today. It has become pivotal to drive decisions, generate actionable insights, and increase user adoption and stickiness.